Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Clear Creek OHV Riding Area at Blackwater River State Forest

Since the enactment of the T. Mark Schmidt Off Highway Vehicle Recreation and Safety Act in 2002, the Florida Forest Service has been actively promoting new public OHV recreation sites in Florida to help riding enthusiasts find legal places to enjoy their outdoor recreational passion. The critical need areas for OHV sites in Florida included northwest, southeast and southwest Florida where there are virtually no legal riding areas available. The Croom Motorcycle Area in Withlacoochee State Forest and Ocala National Forest provide opportunities in the central part of the state, while Osceola and Apalachicola National Forests provide OHV riding opportunities in north central and northeast Florida respectively. 

In 2010, the Florida Cabinet approved the purchase of the Clear Creek/Whiting Field tract at Blackwater River State Forest for the purpose of providing Florida residents a place to legally ride off-highway vehicles in northwest Florida.

The development of the Clear Creek OHV Riding Area at Blackwater River State Forest, for OHV use specifically, was extremely important for enthusiasts in NW Florida because it established a model riding system that be used in other areas of the state. The Florida Forest Service and local users planned, designed and developed this OHV site, and the Service received a $383,000 Recreation Trail Program (RTP) grant to develop the parking lot, restroom, trails and trailhead. Volunteer trail consultants worked closely with staff to lay out the area and ensure protection of the natural resources, while giving riders the best riding experience.